Mind the gap
Where a single property is comprised of several registered titles, the parties to the transaction will obviously need to understand how those titles fit together and identify any gaps. Since 2014, lawyers have had access to the Land Registry’s invaluable Mapsearch facility, which offers an immediate overview of the title situation.
However, Mapsearch has its limitations. While it is undoubtedly a wonderful tool, which enables solicitors to easily identify the registered titles within a property and to spot land that is not registered, it is only indicative and should not be taken as gospel. The extent of a title as indicated on Mapsearch does not necessarily reflect the precise extent of the title as shown on the official title plan, so the individual title plans will always need to be checked to confirm the position.